Dallas Attorneys Assisting Texas Businesses With Employment Related Issues
Owning and operating a business can be complicated. Matters become more cumbersome once you hire employees or independent contractors. In addition to having to adhere to numerous regulations, you must ensure that you have proper employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and other agreements in place for whenever employees or contractors move on to another job. Businesses can prevent several potential problems by retaining a lawyer. Counsel can assist in drafting and enforcing agreements with employees or contractors. Our Dallas attorneys assist Texas companies in creating and enforcing agreements between employer and employee or a contractor. Contact our office today for an initial consultation.
Common Employment Law Issues
Lawyers assisting Texas businesses in the creation of employee related contracts and documents
Employees and independent contractors are valuable assets for companies. Regardless of their position or role, such workers are representatives of your business and play an important part in the company. One consideration when hiring an employee or contractor is whether to enter a written agreement with such person and, if so, what concerns should be addressed in the contract. There are a number of agreements that a company may require. A primary function of an employment or contractor agreement is to set forth the worker’s job duties and expectations. For instance, if an independent contractor is required to deliver a certain number of sales per month, this should be set forth in writing. If an employee is expected to work forty hours a week, during specific hours and with specific performance goals, then an employment agreement should outline the details. The documents should also clearly identify the obligations of the business, including payment of compensation, health insurance, vacation benefits, among others. Reducing the rights and obligations to writing can help avoid confusion in the future and, should the individual fail to perform their duties as expected, allow the company to take action to terminate the relationship.
Common disputes with employees or contractors can be addressed in advance by handling them in a written agreement. A contract can provide protections for the company through restrictive covenants, which prevent employees or contractors from engaging in certain activities both during the term of the contract and sometimes afterward. For instance, workers may have access to information which the company considers confidential. This may include financial data, product design information, or customer lists. Generally, this information is valuable to the company and disclosure of the information could be detrimental. Prohibiting the disclosure of confidential information even after a person is no longer employed can ensure such information does not fall into the wrong hands. Other restrictions against soliciting customers or working for competitors can further protect the company. Such restrictions help prevent a company from investing training and other resources into a worker for the benefit of another party. These provisions must be carefully drafted to ensure that they are enforceable and provide the protections the business needs. Employers should not attempt to draft such agreements alone. They should seek the assistance of an attorney.
Our Dallas lawyers assist businesses throughout Texas with employee related issues such as contracts. We regularly prepare and review non-compete agreements and employment contracts on behalf of our business clients. In preparing an agreement we will help you understand potential issues and pitfalls that you possibly had not considered. By having properly generated agreements you save yourself a potential problem and significant costs if an issue arises. We make the law our business so you can focus on the important aspects of running your business. Our firm also serves Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Denton, Fort Worth, Garland, Irving, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, and Center, Texas.
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